Global Tech I offshore project, powered with AREVA M5000 turbines, is “Wind Deal of the Year”

Paris / Bremerhaven

January 27, 2012

From left: Willi Balz, Director of Windreich AG, Jean Huby, CEO AREVA Wind, Tim Kittelhake, Technical Director of Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH

AREVA welcomes the announcement that the Global Tech I (GTI) offshore wind project, powered with the group’s turbines, has received the “Wind Deal of the Year” distinction.

The award was given by the internationally-renowned magazine Project Finance International (PFI) during an official ceremony held on January 25, in London. GTI, for which the group will supply 80 M5000 wind turbines, is the only offshore wind project to have raised debt financing in excess of one billion Euros. It is the second AREVA-powered offshore wind project to be awarded such financing. In 2008/2009, Willi Balz, initiator of GTI and CEO of Windreich AG, had raised 800-million euro equity.

The transaction, signed with a consortium composed of 16 commercial banks, the European Investment Bank and KfW, covers both construction and operation for the GTI project.

Louis-François Durret, CEO of AREVA’s Renewables Business Group, said: “We are delighted that the GTI project has received the “Wind Deal of the Year” award. It confirms the financial community’s confidence in AREVA’s wind technology and in GTI shareholder’s ability to successfully carry out a complex large-scale project. This recognition will also facilitate financing of new projects that Windreich AG and AREVA may develop together in the future.”